2020-2021 CSINT Fellowship Program Now Closed


The Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology is seeking applications from interested graduate and undergraduate students for the 2020-21 CSINT Fellows Program.  This is a competitive, unpaid fellowship that offers the opportunity to help drive the activities of our newly launched research Center.

The fellowship will be of remote nature for the Fall 2020 semester, with the possibility of returning to in person in the spring. If the university remains in a state of remote learning, the fellowship will remain remote in nature. During this time of distance learning, this fellowship will offer an open, supportive, and collaborative virtual setting with the opportunity to gain professional and research experience while assisting with and contributing to the work of the Center.

Fellows will participate in virtual events and research workshops, write briefs and articles for publication on the CSINT website, and help to identify and interact with virtual speakers and guests.

The Center is an inter-disciplinary research hub that addresses both traditional and non-traditional security questions, placing particular emphasis on the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies.  The types of questions we grapple with include: How important is the global competition to develop quantum computing? What will happen when 3-D printing enables individuals to make virtually anything, anywhere?  Should we use synthetic biological tools to edit the human genome? What types of changes will the fast-growing use of robots bringing for tomorrow’s workers? Are offensive cyber-weapons stabilizing or destabilizing for international security? What types of autonomy and artificial intelligence are already common? What kinds of ethical dilemmas are involved in allowing machines to make decisions in warfare? Is full artificial intelligence a good idea?  Our goal is to help frame answers to these and other cutting-edge questions, assessing their implications for the future of security.

We also examine more traditional security questions such as the future of nuclear weapons, today’s shifting global alliances and great power competitions, ongoing challenges in countering terrorism, and the changing character of war now and in the future. To learn more about our research, please check out our website.

CSINT Fellows should have a deep sense of curiosity, a high level of energy, careful attention to detail, and an optimistic approach to tackling new challenges. They will be leaders who also work well in small teams. Through the work of the Center, CSINT Fellows will have the chance to interact with prominent speakers, immerse themselves in critical policy questions, and extend their professional networks. 

CSINT Fellow Responsibilities May Include:

  • Helping orchestrate and coordinate online events
  • Assisting in Center research on security and emerging technologies
  • Helping to conceive, organize, and lead Center events and field trips involving fellow students and faculty (either virtually or in person if allowed).
  • Publishing on the Center's website and social media accounts


Fellows will participate for 10 hours a week, on average. 

Fellows will be required to attend Center team zoom planning meetings, scheduled during term for once or twice a month, at times of mutual convenience. In person meetings may be held in the spring term.


  • Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at American University. Consideration will also be given to recent graduates (within the past three years).
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.3.

How to Apply

Please submit the following as attachments in an email from an AU email address, with the subject line “CSINT Fellows Competition,” to Program Coordinator Jess Regan at regan@american.edu

  • A concise, well-written one-page statement explaining your interest in the fellowship and what you hope to achieve if you are selected. The statement should be single-spaced (doubled-spaced between paragraphs), 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins.
  • A C.V. or resume
  • An unofficial transcript, with GPA
  • A short writing sample that you are proud of, preferably on a topic related to security and/or new technologies. This sample should be no more than ten double-spaced pages and should offer insight into your thinking and writing abilities. 

Deadline for applying is 5 PM on Mon, 14 September 2020.

Emails (to regan@american.edu) must bear a date stamp at or before that time. 

We expect to choose up to four graduate and two undergraduate Fellows, with the final decision made by the CSINT Search Committee. Successful Fellows will be notified Friday, 18 September 2020.